THE MOTOR
October 8th 2012
Bloody Congo

|Plants like raw meat? For the past seven years, this artist explored postwar ruins in former Yugoslavia, cities devastated by earthquakes in Iran, Pakistan, and Haiti, the occupied palaces of Saddam Hussein and now nomadic rebels in the Congolese jungle. At this very moment Congo reports 5.4 million deaths and 400,000 rapes. Only around 300,000 people were killed; the rest (children!) perished unsensationally due to disease and hunger caused by the fighting. By using recently discontinued Kodak Aerochrome infrared film – developed by the US military in the 1940s to detect camouflage – vegetation was turned into surreal blood: a magnificent way of drawing attention to such an important matter by the eye of the artist. Art L: Vintage Violence, R: Nowhere To Run Photographer Richard Mosse

Plants like raw meat? For the past seven years, this artist explored postwar ruins in former Yugoslavia, cities devastated by earthquakes in Iran, Pakistan, and Haiti, the occupied palaces of Saddam Hussein and now nomadic rebels in the Congolese jungle. At this very moment Congo reports 5.4 million deaths and 400,000 rapes. Only around 300,000 people were killed; the rest (children!) perished unsensationally due to disease and hunger caused by the fighting. By using recently discontinued Kodak Aerochrome infrared film – developed by the US military in the 1940s to detect camouflage – vegetation was turned into surreal blood: a magnificent way of drawing attention to such an important matter by the eye of the artist. Art L: Vintage Violence, R: Nowhere To Run Photographer Richard Mosse

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